Namibia - again

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An early morning view of part of the Namib desert.

In my TravBuddy profile is a heading: "Most Memorable Travel Experience" to which I have stated, among others, "Namibia - every time". It is true, every time I visit this beautiful country, it is a memorable experience.

I am fortunate in that I am contracted at times to guide others to this part of the world. It has given me the opportunity to travel over many of the countries roads. In this barren desolate country, I try to avoid main roads, bright city lights, star rated hotels and restaurants that serve gourmet meals, mainly to try experience the true character of the country.

Doing it my way, one need time. Admitted it is not always possible, but a visitor to this vast expanse of beauty should not be restricted to some pre-planned timetable, or be herded into a bus of sorts and have some bus driver decides where to go next.

Another view of a beautiful country.


Crossing over the (sometimes distant) horizon is always a surprise. You never know what to expect but regardless, it is always a pleasant surprise.

In this dry desolate country, one is constantly reminded that water is life. In the desert regions, water may only come in the form of early morning fog. Being up early allows me to experience this eerie, quiet time of day. Some desert dwelling wildlife, like the Oryx, will lick the condensation of their skins, and this is the only source of life-giving moisture they ever have. In fact, some Oryx (or Gemsbok) may never see any other form of water in their life span. At Etosha, like so many parks in Africa, water holes is where you are bound to find wildlife. I can spend many hours sitting in one spot and experience the ever changing picture of different wildlife enjoying a drink.
The Namib desert at sunrise.


On this particular trip, we also included the north-western part of the country, and again I paid a visit to the Himba families that live in this region. Again it was a reminder that our perception of civilisation is perhaps not always the way to go. Life in the fast lane, Himba style, is worth consideration. Imagine life without radio, TV, cell phones, or even curency for that matter.

We travelled to the border between Namibia and Angola. Here the border is formed by the Kunene River which flows south from the Angola highlands and then turn westward to the Atlantic. It is the only river that flows in a westerly direction in Southern Africa where you will encounter crocodiles. We spent some time at the Epupa Falls (or Monte Negro Falls on the Angola side). The Kunene river is about 0.5 km wide at this point and drops in a series of waterfalls spread over more than a km. The biggest single drop being 37 m. ("Epupa" is a Herero word for "foam").

I include some images of what was once again a "most memorable travel experience".


Munawwar says:
Beautiful pictures..
Posted on: Apr 04, 2013
v10 says:
Thanks James, Bernard.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012
v10 says:
Thanks Bernard, James.
Glad you enjoyed.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2012
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An early morning view of part of t…
An early morning view of part of …
Another view of a beautiful countr…
Another view of a beautiful count…
The Namib desert at sunrise.
The Namib desert at sunrise.
Another view of a beautiful countr…
Another view of a beautiful count…
In the extreme south of the countr…
In the extreme south of the count…
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon
View across the Fish River canyon
View across the Fish River canyon
Another view, Fish River Canyon
Another view, Fish River Canyon
How do one describe this harsh, be…
How do one describe this harsh, b…
Approach to Sossusvlei in the sout…
Approach to Sossusvlei in the sou…
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei sanddunes seen from the…
Sossusvlei sanddunes seen from th…
More Sossusvlei sand. Typical earl…
More Sossusvlei sand. Typical ear…
More Sossusvlei sand. Colour of th…
More Sossusvlei sand. Colour of t…
Early morning fog at Sossusvlei
Early morning fog at Sossusvlei
Springbok on a Sossusvlei sand dune
Springbok on a Sossusvlei sand dune
Late afternoon visitor to Sossusvl…
Late afternoon visitor to Sossusv…
Springbok in late afternoon
Springbok in late afternoon
Approach to Deadvlei
Approach to Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei - spectacular location an…
Deadvlei - spectacular location a…
Deadvlei - spectacular location an…
Deadvlei - spectacular location a…
Deadvlei - spectacular location an…
Deadvlei - spectacular location a…
Another skeleton on the SkeletonCo…
Another skeleton on the SkeletonC…
The seal colony at Cape Cross. The…
The seal colony at Cape Cross. Th…
A seal at Cape Cross
A seal at Cape Cross
Somewhere in central Namibia
Somewhere in central Namibia
Somewhere in central Namibia
Somewhere in central Namibia
Somewhere in central Namibia
Somewhere in central Namibia
Elephant bul somewhere in Damarala…
Elephant bul somewhere in Damaral…
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Giraffe Peek-a-boo
Giraffe Peek-a-boo
Meerkat in its natural environment
Meerkat in its natural environment
Young Lion males playing
Young Lion males playing
Walking away from the fun
Walking away from the fun
Caracal hiding in a bush
Caracal hiding in a bush
Namibia is Cheetah country.
Namibia is Cheetah country.
Springbok ram showing dominance.
Springbok ram showing dominance.
One of the rewards for being the d…
One of the rewards for being the …
Ostrich male show-offs.
Ostrich male show-offs.
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias ca…
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias c…
Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloide…
Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloid…
Nest of the Sociable Weaver (Phile…
Nest of the Sociable Weaver (Phil…
Nest of the Sociable Weaver from b…
Nest of the Sociable Weaver from …
Nest of the Sociable Weaver up clo…
Nest of the Sociable Weaver up cl…
Life in the fast lane - Himba style
Life in the fast lane - Himba style
Preparing lunch - Himba style
Preparing lunch - Himba style
Some quality family time at a Himb…
Some quality family time at a Him…
Hard to imagine that lots of red o…
Hard to imagine that lots of red …
Vast, beautiful, Etosha
Vast, beautiful, Etosha
Etosha. Constantly changing scene …
Etosha. Constantly changing scene…
Etosha. Constantly changing scene …
Etosha. Constantly changing scene…
Etosha. Constantly changing scene …
Etosha. Constantly changing scene…
Etosha. Constantly changing scene …
Etosha. Constantly changing scene…
Constantly changing scene at a wat…
Constantly changing scene at a wa…
Etosha. Constantly changing scene …
Etosha. Constantly changing scene…
Drinking with a straw at Etosha. C…
Drinking with a straw at Etosha. …
Drinking is not always easy. Etosh…
Drinking is not always easy. Etos…
Majestic Gemsbok. Etosha.
Majestic Gemsbok. Etosha.
Kunene River, above the Epupa Falls
Kunene River, above the Epupa Falls
Epupa Falls in the Kunene River on…
Epupa Falls in the Kunene River o…
Epupa Falls in the Kunene River on…
Epupa Falls in the Kunene River o…
286 km (178 miles) traveled
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